Territorial Ambitions and the Gardens of Versailles

Territorial Ambitions and the Gardens of Versailles

by Chandra Mukerji
     
 

In Louis XIV's France, land took on new importance for the politics and court life. A sequestered aristocracy promenaded in formal gardens while the military moved across the landscape, marking state boundaries with fortresses and refiguring the interior with canals and forests. Chandra Mukerji highlights the connections between the seemingly disparate activities of… See more details below

Overview

In Louis XIV's France, land took on new importance for the politics and court life. A sequestered aristocracy promenaded in formal gardens while the military moved across the landscape, marking state boundaries with fortresses and refiguring the interior with canals and forests. Chandra Mukerji highlights the connections between the seemingly disparate activities of engineering and garden design, showing how the gardens at Versailles showcased French skills in using nature and art to design a distinctively French landscape and create a naturalized political territoriality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521496759
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/25/1997
Series:
Cambridge Cultural Social Studies Series
Pages:
418
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
Glossary of French terms
1The culture of land and the territorial state1
2Military ambitions and territorial gardens39
3Material innovation and cultural identity98
4Techniques of material mobilization147
5Social choreography and the politics of place198
6Naturalizing power in the new state248
7A history of material power300
Notes339
References369
Index383

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